Grand Jury to Hear Lockheed Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says information gathered in the investigation of July's deadly shooting at Lockheed Martin will be presented to a grand jury this week.

Doug Williams left a meeting at the plant on July 8 and returned with a shotgun and rifle. He gunned down 14 co-workers, killing six, before taking his own life.

Sollie says he's not expecting any indictments, but he wants the district attorney's office to present the findings to help put to rest questions about Williams' motive. The sheriff also said he wants to further address concerns raised by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson who asked federal authorities to investigate whether the shootings were linked to domestic terrorism because the majority of people killed were black.

Thompson's office said the congressman is satisfied with the U.S. Justice Department's determination there was no link. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found no culpability on Lockheed Martin's part.

Meridian lawyer Bill Ready, Sr., who is representing about 30 people related to the shooting, said he'll decide what action to take sometime after the case is presented to a grand jury.


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